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Cowboys Mock Draft Challenge: Your Chance To Be GM Jerry Jones

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2017 Cowboys Mock Draft Challenge: Your Chance To Be GM Jerry Jones

The 2017 NFL draft is now just days away, which means the long-awaited event is finally upon us. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to issue a mock draft challenge to all of you and give everyone a chance to try their hand at being GM/Owner Jerry Jones for the Dallas Cowboys.

I did this mock draft challenge back in January, but things have changed since then. We should all have a much better understanding of the Dallas Cowboys team needs and the potential prospects they could be targeting.

Of course, we have to establish some kind of ground rules in order for this to be as close to realistic as possible. So, this is how it’s going to work.

Using Fanspeak’s mock draft simulator you will select the prospect of your choice for the Cowboys in each round. But, here’s the catch. You have to draft the player in the correct slotted area for the Cowboys. For instance, the Cowboys have the 28th overall draft pick in the first round, so you can’t draft a player that is ranked lower than that.

I personally agree with Matt Miller’s player rankings the most, so I used his big board for this exercise. Below is how my Cowboys draft turned out for this mock draft challenge.


Round 1 (28th overall) – Tyus Bowser, DE, University of Houston

Round 2 (60th overall) – Marcus Williams, S, Utah

Round 3 (92nd overall) – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

Round 4 (113rd overall) – Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

Round 6 (211th overall) – Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State

Round 7 (228th overall) – Avery Gennesy, OT, Texas A&M

Round 7 (246th overall) – Jeremy Cutrer, CB, Middle Tennessee State


I don’t know about you, but I would absolutely ecstatic if this is how the Dallas Cowboys draft actually turned out.

Tyus Bowser is a little bit under the radar as a defensive end prospect, but could be exactly what the Cowboys are looking for to improve their pass rush. He is one of the more athletically gifted DEs in the entire draft class and I think he can get anywhere from 6 to 8 quarterback sacks as a rookie.

With the exception of Byron Jones, I’m not a big fan of the safeties on the Cowboys roster. That is why I drafted Marcus Williams in the second round for the Cowboys. He is one of the better ball hawking safeties in the entire draft class and would allow the Cowboys secondary to get really creative with their coverages.

JuJu Smith-Schuster has #1 WR potential and would be really good insurance in case Dez Bryant continues to struggle with injuries. He could compete to play opposite Bryant as a rookie.

In the fourth round I think I got an absolute steal. Teez Tabor looks like a first-round CB on film, but his poor 40 yard dash time is going to drop him in the draft. He could end up being a Day 1 starter for the Cowboys.

The rest of the players I drafted will provide some solid depth and be key backup role players as rookies. Pumphrey would likely take over Lance Dunbar’s role, Gennesy will compete to be the Cowboys right tackle, and Cutrer could challenge for playing time as a rookie at CB.

All in all, I personally think this would be an excellent draft for the Dallas Cowboys.

How did your Dallas Cowboys mock draft turn out?

Use the comment section below to share with all of us how you did in the place of GM Jerry Jones.

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15 Comments
  • Terence Watson

    1st Round Pick 28 EDGE CHARLES HARRIS MISSOURI (Finally get speed off the edge)
    2nd Round Pick 60: CB CORDREA TANKERSLEY CLEMSON (Great cover corner)
    3rd Round Pick 92 WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER USC (Large,Fast & Strong WR they love)
    4th Round Pick 133 S XAVIER WOODS LOUISIANA TECH (Center fielder who can hit)
    6th Round Pick 211 RB AARON JONES UTEP (Perfect 3rd Down back for the Cowboys)
    7th Round Pick 228 OT CONOR MCDERMOTT UCLA (Possible Chaz Green replacement)
    7th Round Pick 246 DL JEREMIAH LEDBETTER ARKANSAS (Rotational D-line depth)

  • Mike

    Using your logic, Gennesy is not there at 228. Using Matt Miller’s board, if you like Bowser, I think you have to go 1 King-CB or Tre White-CB 2 Bowser-DE 3 John Johnson-S. No O-linemen worth late round flier. I personally prefer 1-King-CB (would consider Tre White as well), 2-Melifonwu-S, 3-D Walker-Edge, 4-Kittle-TE, 6- Boulware-LB, 7A-Pumphrey-RB, 7B-Westbrook-WR

  • nick

    Rd1 s. obi melifonwu
    Rd2 cb. adoree Jackson
    Rd3 cb. Sidney Jones
    Rd4 de. damarcus walker
    Rd5 ot. storm Norton
    Rd7 wr. fred ross
    Rd7 DL. Jeremiah ledbetter

    As you can see I overhauled the secondary. Melifonwu can easily replace church as the run stopper, but can also shut down the TE’s that killed us last year. Adoree Jackson can easily become 1 of the best slot corners in the league. And Sidney Jones when he gets healthy is going to be a baller, he’s still my favorite corner with the injury and id be ecstatic to get him in the 3rd. Damarcus walker could turn out to be a good player with some marrinelli magic. The other guys are just devepmental players that I hope could eventually turn into good players. God willing every one stays and/or gets all the healthy, how would this starting defense sound ?
    FS Byron jones
    SS Obi melifonwu
    LB Sean Lee
    LB Jaylon Smith
    CB Sidney Jones
    CB Anthony Brown
    CB Adoree Jackson, or Orlando scandrick

    And of course a DL rotation of Lawrence, Irving, mayowa, tapper, walker, Collins, crawford, Thornton, paea. Unfortunately I’m just hoping for irving, tapper, and collins to really break out and improve this year to make a difference on the DL. But atleast our secondary would be rebuilt and looking like it could be 1 of the best in the league. We didn’t get our war daddy DE in this draft but maybe next year Gregory pulls his head out of his butt, and we land another good 1 in the 1st rd of next years draft.

    • Brian Martin

      I think they are going to go pass rusher much higher and I doubt Sidney Jones is even another draft board. But, this wouldn’t be a bad draft for the Cowboys.

    • Randy Martin

      There is a high likelihood Sidney Jones doesn’t play at all this season with the achilles injury and based on JJ’s comments about redshirt players I don’t see that happening. Especially as a 3rd pick.

  • Randy Martin

    I like your draft for the most part. I was on Bowser months ago but never as a 1st round guy. When i started doing mocks in January he was usually a 4th to I think 6th round guy. He has flown up into the first round and i always get a little concerned about that. His tape is good and he does look like a Marinelli kind of guy. Love the Marcus Williams and Juju picks. I’m in the camp that believes we need a receiver sooner rather than later and I think Schuster is one of the guys we should be targeting. I’m not in love with Tabor though he has good tape but if he is there in the 4th round I would say it’s worth the risk. I’m not so concerned about his 40 time…just don’t like his attitude and off-field antics. Pumphrey is an easy guy to root for but I’m just not a fan of little backs. i know he has been durable in college but the NFL is a different game. I don’t know much about Gennesy but we need an OT so at that point your just looking for a guy that can hopefully make the team. I think Cutrer could be a steal at that pick. I think his upside is pretty high. If this was our draft I wouldn’t be mad. Let me take a fresh cut.

    • Brian Martin

      Bowser reminds me of Leonard Floyd, who the Cowboys were pretty high on last year. Ideally I would rather draft him in a trade back scenario, but I would be okay if they took him at 28. Marcus Williams would allow the secondary to do so many different things with their coverages. He would even allow Jones to play some CB if necessary. Smith-Schuster would be good insurance if Dez Bryant continues to struggle with injuries. I like Tabor the middle rounds. With a safety like Byron Jones or Williams playing over the top, his lack of deep speed is less of a concern. And I’m with you on smaller RBs. I would rather get those guys as undrafted free agents. Gennesy would provide competition at RT, but could play OG as well. And I really like Cutrer. He needs to get in the weight room and add some muscle, but he could compete for playing time as a rookie.

  • Randy Martin

    Ok so nobody wants to look at two mocks but I did two because I want to see what it looks like going DE first and what it looks like going CB first. Here is Mock #1:

    28: R1P28
    EDGE T.J. WATT
    WISCONSIN
    60: R2P28
    DL MALIK MCDOWELL
    MICHIGAN STATE
    92: R3P28
    CB AHKELLO WITHERSPOON
    COLORADO
    133: R4P26
    S DELANO HILL
    MICHIGAN
    211: R6P27
    QB JEROD EVANS
    VIRGINIA TECH
    228: R7P10
    RB AARON JONES
    UTEP
    246: R7P28
    WR KENNY GOLLADAY

    I went with Watt in rd. 1 because 1) Did you see how good he was in his first year to start and 2) I believe his ceiling is tremendous. When JJ says he is better than he was at that point then just send the card in. With #60 I had to get Malik McDowell. Does he take a play off from time to time. Yeah maybe but with him and Watt and the pieces they have this will allow them to put the best line forward and anyone that doesn’t make the roster so long. Witherspoon has all the physical traits the Cowboys covet at 6-2 and 200 lbs, with long reach and good speed. He is a complete fit for what we are looking for. Also happens to be a pre-med student so he is super smart. Delano Hill is not a name we have heard a lot but at 6-1, 225 he is physical, can wrap up tackles, true in the box safety with cover skills with great upside. Dane Brugler has him as his #11 safety with a rd. 3-4 grade. True SS with 3 INT’s this past season. We need to draft a backup QB and Jerod Evans is a name that has been linked to Dallas. Aaron Jones has been on my radar for awhile. Yeah he’s only 5-9 but just under 210 lbs. Adequate speed with good vision, with both excellent pass catching and blocking skills. This is really all we need from a relief RB and he would be a welcome addition. Last guy is Kenny Golladay. He is another guy that is not getting a lot of love but he could be a real sleeper at WR. Has a 4th round grade from Brugler and at 6-4, 220 offers that big imposing target you look for. He is from Tony Roma’s Alumni Northern Illinois and had 2300 yards and 18 TD’s the last two seasons. Great football character and a RKG Garrett guy.

    • Brian Martin

      I think this would be an excellent draft of the Cowboys. I am concerned about Watt’s college injuries, but he has really good upside. I would be surprised if McDowell makes it out of the first round. I actually think Marinelli is really high on him and would be a consideration at 28. I also like Witherspoon. I think he could be a day 1 starter. All in all, I would be happy with this draft.

  • John Williams

    Using the Big Board from Jonah Tuls from Draft Breakdown (most recent), here’s what I netted…

    1-28 – TJ Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin. Jonah’s 13th ranked player. Quincy Wilson, Takk McKinley, Charles Harris and Gareon Conley were taken just after. I don’t think corner is as dire as others make it.

    2-60 – Rasul Douglass, CB, West Virginia. Jonah’s 43rd ranked player. Would have preferred Cordrea Tankersley, but he was ranked 63rd and per the rules, couldn’t select someone ranked lower than the draft slot. Other option would have been Jabril Peppers. Just not so sure.

    3-92 – Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma .There were three Wide Receivers and two CBs on the board. Chris Godwin, Cooper Kupp, and Dede Westbrook. I chose Westbrook. His downfield speed provides something that this offense doesn’t have. Sidney Jones was one of the Cornerbacks, but as has been mentioned, it’s not likely the front office takes ‘redshirt’ players this year.

    4-133 – Joe Mathis, EDGE, Washington. They like to throw numbers at the defensive line and I’m giving them what they like. I’m a bit concerned about Demarcus Lawrence at this point. His back isn’t staying healthy and it’s important to have flexibility there. Between Tapper, Watt, and Mathis, the defensive end group is going to get an injection of talent in 2017. Also considered D’Onta Foreman.

    6-211 – Jordan Evans, LB, Oklahoma – If you watched as much OU football as I have, then you know that Evans is a straight up playmakers. Interceptions and pass breakups for days. Evans is the definition of a ball hawk. Would allow you to mix and match your personnel in nickel using him and Lee to drop in coverage while sending Scandrick on a blitz or lining up Jaylon Smith to rush off the EDGE. Evans could also play strong side linebacker in base formations. Ranked number 202 on Jonah’s board, he’ is the BPA at this point. Other options were WR and interior DL. I want the playmaker.

    And then my internet quit and lost the rest of the draft.

    • John Williams

      Attempt number two…

      1-28. TJ Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin
      2-60. Akhello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado. Could have also gone Schuster, Rivers, Basham, or Awuzie.
      3-92. Josh Jones, S, NC State. Would have liked Xavier Woods, but he was ranked lower than pick 92. Desmond King was the other option at Safety. Dede Westbrook was available at WR. Jordan Willis the top rated EDGE player. Highly considered it, but think I can still add at the positions a bit later.
      4-133. Taywan Taylor WR, Western Kentucky. He was the 92nd rated player on the board. Also could have gone a different direction in the third because Tedric Thompson was available to me here. Oh well. Taylor was a highly productive receiver with a lot of skills that can be used in a lot of areas on the field.
      6-211. Charles Walker, DL, Oklahoma. Didn’t want to go that direction, but everything available were WR and my man Jordan Evans was already gone.
      7-228. Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP. Need a young back to develop.
      7-246. Keionta Davis, EDGE, Chattanooga. Best player available.

      • Brian Martin

        This would be a good draft for the Cowboys.

    • Brian Martin

      This is a pretty good draft. Taking Douglas in the second round is a little high for me though. I think he’s going to have to be a zone CB in the NFL.

      • John Williams

        I have mixed opinions on him mostly because draftniks seem to be mixed on him as well. I like his size and I don’t mind if he’s a zone corner. I think zone allows more opportunities to create turnovers.

  • Mike Capesius

    If you like Bowser, you can get him in the 2nd round based on Matt Millers rankings.

    1-Tre White-CB-LSU
    2-Marcus Williams-S-Utah
    3-Demarcus Walker-DE-Florida State
    4-Dede Westbrook-WR-Oaklahoma
    6-Ben Boulware-LB-Clemson
    7A-Jeremy Clark-CB-Michigan
    7B-Hunter Dimmick-Edge-Utah

    No great passrushers at 28 or 60 so take the best CB and S. Walker is very underrated. Boulware is a tackling machine and will stick just for special teams if nothing else. Clark is a project that could be a safety or CB.

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3 Potential Draft Targets Who Shined In Their Championship Games

Mauricio Rodriguez

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We still have to wait a long time before it’s Draft season, but after watching college football’s conference championships yesterday, it is inevitable to start talking about some prospects who could help the Dallas Cowboys next year.

The Cowboys still have four football games left, but the college football season is coming to an end. This week, some of the best teams in the country played their respective conference championships. Here are some players who shined in their championship games and could help the Cowboys at positions of need.

Georgia Bulldog LB Roquan Smith

3 Potential Draft Targets Who Shined In Their Championship GamesOut of everyone on this list, Smith is perhaps the player who made the most noise on championship weekend. As Georgia absolutely destroyed Auburn, Smith made his presence felt on the field.

His stats were outstanding, including 13 tackles (10 of which were solo), one sack, two tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries. The 2017 SEC Championship Game MVP will definitely be in the “top LB of the class” conversation.

Roquan might go too early for Dallas, but a lot of things can happen between now and April, so he’s still worth keeping an eye on. Who knows, maybe we even get to see Dallas trading up. Just picture a LB group with Sean Lee, Anthony Hitchens, Jaylon Smith and Roquan Smith.

Mayhem.

Oklahoma Sooner TE Mark Andrews

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Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

It’s no secret that Jason Witten’s career is coming to an end soon, and his perfect replacement may be coming out of Oklahoma this year. The Sooners TE is arguably the best at his position this year and a key piece of the Baker Mayfield-led offense.

He’s not only good as a receiving threat, but also as a blocker, which does nothing but help his draft stock.

The Cowboys may be reluctant to target a tight end in the first round, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to se a TE’s stock falling just because of his positional value. It’s still to early to say, but Andrews could be a second-round target for Dallas. At least, he should.

We may have hopes on Rico Gathers, but it should be time to start looking at other – more viable – options. Mark Andrews would be a nice addition to the Cowboys offense.

Memphis Tiger WR Anthony Miller

In a game in which more than 100 points were scored, Memphis’ WR Anthony Miller’s draft stock skyrocketed. There’re a lot of reasons to believe he won’t be a first-round pick, including the conference he plays in and his lack of size.

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But don’t underestimate this guy. He truly is a game changer. During his championship game versus Central Florida, he caught 14 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cowboys really need to take a look at WR as a top need. Even with names like Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley, this is a group that has really struggled creating separation and opportunities for the offense.

As draft season gets closer and closer, we’ll be taking a deeper look at all of the Cowboys’ prospects. For now, I thought of pointing out these guys who had excellent performances in their championship games.

It may not be the best Draft class ever, but I bet it will be a fun one for the Cowboys.

Tell me what you think about “3 Potential Draft Targets Who Shined In Their Championship Games” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Cowboys 2018 NFL Draft Preview

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I know what you’re thinking, the Cowboys get blown out on the road at Atlanta and I’m giving up on the season and moving on to the draft. That is NOT what I’m doing. We are more than halfway through the regular season and the draft is creeping right around the corner (five months to be exact).

I’m here today, to (hopefully) educate you on a few prospects and highlight some of the Dallas Cowboys biggest needs heading into April.

If the season ended tomorrow, the Dallas Cowboys would be picking 17th overall, so highlight players who will realistically be around for the Cowboys to draft in that range and throughout the first few rounds.

Offense Dominates Top 10 Picks of 2017 NFL Draft, Defensive Talent Remains for Cowboys

Top Five Team Needs

  1. Linebacker
  2. Wide Receiver
  3. Tackle
  4. Cornerback
  5. Defensive End

Linebacker

Linebacker is one of the biggest positions that NEEDS to be addressed in April’s Draft.

Outside of Sean Lee there isn’t a single linebacker on the team that plays at a consistently high level. And unfortunately for the Cowboys (and Sean Lee), he has struggled to stay on the field his entire career.

Anthony Hitchens is a very solid MLB for the team, but he is entering a contract year in a year where DeMarcus Lawrence, Zack Martin, and David Irving (RFA) are also free agents.

Jaylon Smith and Damien Wilson are really the only two other options the Cowboys have as full-time linebackers and neither of the two are consistent in their level of play.

Damien Wilson has shown flashes of being a very good player, but he has struggled in coverage and misses tackles in the open field far too often.

As far as Jaylon Smith goes, I don’t think he should be on the field at all right now. As bad as that sounds, Smith is currently hurting this defense. To make matters worse it doesn’t seem that Jaylon Smith is being limited athletically, but the mental aspect of the game has let the former second round pick down big time.

Jeff Cavanaugh on Twitter

Interesting plan by Jaylon. https://t.co/z8eL80yYlh

Linebacker Options in the 2018 NFL Draft

  • Rashaan Evans – Alabama – 6’3″, 235lbs

Rashaan Evans is a thumper in the middle of one of the most talented defenses in the nation. Evans does an excellent job taking on and disengaging from blocks to get to ball carriers in all depths of the field.

Evans shows glimpses of a familiar face in Sean Lee. His instincts may be his best trait.

Rashaan Evans is a little undersized, but he uses his smaller size to his strength. The Cowboys desperately need a linebacker who can contribute, but more importantly take over if Sean Lee’s injuries continue to keep him sidelined.

Rashaan Evans would be a great option for the Cowboys in the middle of the first round.

https://twitter.com/Future_NFL_GM/status/929520211719532544

  • Roquan Smith – Georgia – 6’1″ 225lbs

Similar to Rashaan Evans, Roquan Smith is an undersized linebacker who flies all over the field. Smith’s ability to diagnose plays and get to the football in a hurry is one of his biggest strengths.

The Cowboys linebackers corp currently lacks a player that can play sideline to sideline and that is the Georgia linebacker’s best trait.

  • Tremaine Edmunds – Virginia Tech – 6’5″ 235lbs

Tremaine Edmunds would fit in wonderfully in the Dallas Cowboys defense. Edmunds is a consistent tackler, who knows where to be and when to be there. The Virginia Tech junior plays both the run and the pass well and looks very athletic on tape for being 6’5″ 235 lbs.

Wide Receiver

Chaz Green was absolutely terrible in Sunday’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, but the receivers weren’t much better. While some of the blame should be given to the play-calling, the receivers didn’t get any separation for Dak Prescott.

Dez Bryant is still a huge weapon in the red zone, but in between the 20s Dez has struggled the last few seasons. Dez Bryant wins with his size and physicality, but lacks the quickness to get separation against quicker cornerbacks.

Cole Beasley is great at gaining separation, but teams are scheming to bracket Beasley with a corner and a linebacker/safety.

The Cowboys need to target a wide receiver in this year’s draft, and the first round may be the time to do it.

Wide Receiver Options in the 2018 NFL Draft

  • Calvin Ridley – Alabama – 6’1″ 190lbs

The wide receiver depth in this year’s draft class isn’t great, but Calvin Ridley is.

Ridley uses his speed, route running ability, and smarts to create separation, off the ball, in the middle of his routes, and at the top of his routes. Ridley is the type of player that can get open and make plays in all depths of the field.

I really like Calvin Ridley’s ability to make plays after the catch, but more importantly his ability to separate to allow his quarterback to get the ball out of his hands quickly.

Brett Hudson on Twitter

First big Calvin Ridley play: MSU plays zone behind blitz. Ridley hits gap between underneath and McLaurin deep. Ridley runs good route and you can see McLaurin (top right) doesn’t have time to get there. https://t.co/2KQeDypNyb

  • Anthony Miller – Memphis – 5’11” 190lbs

To me, Anthony Miller is a poor man’s Odell Beckham Jr.

Anthony Miller has extremely sticky hands, runs impressive routes, and has the quickness and smarts to create separation. Anthony Miller has elite traits, he just doesn’t get the respect he deserves due to playing at a smaller school in Memphis. Miller may not be a clear-cut first rounder, but he could be an option in the second round.

Jason DiRienzo on Twitter

What makes #Memphis WR Anthony Miller so special?…plays like this. He is a human highlight reel. He will be a top WR #devy pick, mark it. https://t.co/ZdfbppLbob

Tackle

Oh man, where do I even begin? If the Cowboys could be promised that none of their starting five offensive lineman would ever get injured, then we wouldn’t be talking about this at all.

Unfortunately, that is not the case.

Tyron Smith has been dealing with back problems for two years now, and was held out of the Atlanta game due to a strained groin. In his absence, Chaz Green and Byron Bell gave up 6.5 sacks (6 of which came from Adrian Clayborn). The swing-tackle position in Dallas is by far one of the weakest on the team.

Tackle Options in the 2018 NFL Draft

  • Connor Williams – Texas – 6’6″ 315lbs

If not for a knee injury that has kept Connor Williams out for a majority of the 2017 season, he would be looked as the best offensive lineman in this class.

Williams has the size, strength, and athletic ability to manhandle rushers off the edge. Williams is an excellent run blocker that still needs a little bit of refining as a pass blocker. If the Cowboys front office is extremely worried about Tyron Smith’s health, drafting Connor Williams in the first round wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

  • Orlando Brown – Oklahoma – 6’8″ 345lbs

As you see from his height and weight, Orlando Brown is a massive human being. While that does help him in some instances, it also hurts him when dealing with some of the smaller/quicker pass rushers.

For his size, Brown does do a nice job of keeping his technique clean when run blocking and not reaching or extending too early.

Where Brown needs work is in his pass blocking sets.

Brown is often a tick too slow to reach his landmarks which allows some rushers to beat him to the edge. If Brown can clean that aspect of his game up he would be an intriguing option for Dallas on day two.

Cornerback

The Cowboys spent two top-100 draft picks on corners last year. Chidobe Awuzie has spent a majority of his time on the sideline nursing a hamstring injury that he can’t seem to shake. Jourdan Lewis, on the other hand, has been fantastic.

Outside of those two guys – Anthony Brown has had an up and down year. For the most part, it’s safe to say that Anthony Brown’s sophomore season has been a disappointment.

Orlando Scandrick is a veteran in the locker room and has played nicely for the Cowboys in 2017, though I’d be surprised to see him back in 2018. Drafting at least one corner in the top-100 is something I think the Cowboys NEED to do for the makeup of their roster in 2018.

Cornerback Options in the 2018 NFL Draft

  • Tarvarus McFadden – Florida State – 6’2″ 198lbs

Last draft season, McFadden was slated to be a top-five pick in 2017. I think McFadden’s inconsistent play has pushed him down draft boards just a bit.

In 2016 McFadden finished the season with eight interceptions, making him one of the most intriguing prospects heading into his junior year.

In 2017, McFadden hasn’t picked off a single pass yet, but he can still play at a really high level.

  • Quenton Meeks – Stanford – 6’2″ 200lbs

Quenton Meeks is another corner I think Dallas would really like to land in April’s draft. Meeks is a long corner that has good speed and is an extremely smart player.

The Stanford junior plays a lot of off-coverage allowing him to watch and read the quarterback’s eyes and body movements. Quenton Meeks isn’t a guy you may be familiar with in November, but you’ll start hearing his name a lot more the closer we get to April.

Demetric D. Warren on Twitter

PickSix by Stanford True Freshman Quenton Meeks #RoseBowlGame #NerdNation #TheFarm https://t.co/ePkCUvOgUl

Defensive End

This may leave some scratching their heads as well. For years Cowboys Nation has been screaming for a dominant pass rush and they finally have one. DeMarcus Lawrence leads the NFL in sacks, but is also a free agent at the end of the year. David Irving is playing lights out as the defensive line’s Swiss Army Knife, but is also a restricted-free-agent at the end of the season.

While I do think both players will be back, at least for 2018, the depth behind them is concerning.

Taco Charlton has had a dreadful year and is barely getting to see the field. Benson Mayowa has yet to register a sack and is getting a lot of reps at weak-side defensive end. Tyrone Crawford has probably had his best season yet, but has dealt with his fair share of injuries and isn’t an ideal option at WDE (weak-side defensive end).

With the concerns of talent and depth at defensive end, I think WDE is a very important position the Cowboys must target in the draft.

Defensive End Options in the 2018 NFL Draft

  • Harold Landry – Boston College – 6’3″ 250lbs

Harold Landry is your prototypical WDE. At 250lbs, Landry has the speed, bend in his lower half, and explosiveness to win the edge on a high percentage of reps. Landry also has very polished hands that allow him to control blocker’s arms and hands when they are able to get a hold of him.

Landry would certainly require more attention at the RDE position than any of the players the Cowboys are throwing out there right now. That opens up more opportunities for DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving, if both players are re-signed like I imagine.

The Great From 88′ on Twitter

That dip RT @EricElizondo8: Harold Landry bending the corner https://t.co/zFzO7sqY7t

  • Bradley Chubb – N.C. State – 6’4″ 275lbs

While Harold Landry doesn’t really fit the profile the Dallas Cowboys like out of their defensive ends, Bradley Chubb does. Chubb is a bigger body that could play either LDE or RDE, maybe even some three-technique in certain situations.

Chubb is extremely powerful and has a large arsenal of pass-rush moves that he uses to get after the quarterback. If Chubb can hang around until the 17th overall pick, don’t be surprised if his card gets turned in.

  • Marcus Davenport – University of Texas San Antonio – 6’7″ 255lbs

Knowing it’s hard to believe the Cowboys spend back to back first round picks on defensive ends, I added Marcus Davenport to my list.

Davenport is a freak athlete that is still learning how to rush with good technique. At 6’7″ 255lbs, Davenport runs like a running back but has the strength of a defensive tackle.

The UTSA senior has the speed to excel at RDE, but also the strength and ability to play the run as a LDE in the Cowboys’ 4-3 scheme. If the Cowboys do go elsewhere in the first round, Marcus Davenport may be a great option in the second round to help bolster the Dallas Cowboys pass rush.

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There is still a lot of football left in the 2017-2018 NFL Season, but it’s never too early to start talking about some guys who could potentially help the Dallas Cowboys get to the Super Bowl in 2018. We’re only a few months away from hearing who your Dallas Cowboys select in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft!

Who do you think the Cowboys should draft in April?

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Matt Miller’s 2018 Mock Draft Predicts Cowboys Land Top CB

Brian Martin

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Matt Miller's 2018 Mock Draft Predicts Cowboys Land Top CB
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I don’t know about you, but I like to look at way too early mock drafts throughout the season to see who the so-called “draft analysts” predict for each team. Matt Miller happens to be one of my favorite draft analysts and fortunately he just released his latest 2018 NFL Mock Draft.

Matt Miller has his ear to the ground and has a pretty good connection with NFL scouts around the league. He uses those connections for these mock drafts and bases each selection on what he’s hearing from those teams instead of who he would personally choose. That’s why I put a little bit more credibility in his mock drafts than others.

Let’s take a look at who Matt Miller predicts the Dallas Cowboys will select with their first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Miller set the draft order according to each teams current record and the strength of schedule for the rest of the 2017 season.

19. Dallas Cowboys (4-3)

CB Holton Hill

Holton Hill, CB, University of Texas

Holton Hill, CB, University of Texas

Surprisingly enough, draft analyst Matt Miller predicts the Dallas Cowboys will select a cornerback in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft despite using their second and third round selections in 2017 on CBs (Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis). Miller of course does state that this isn’t necessarily the direction he would go. The selections are based on what he’s hearing from teams around the league.

Here is what Matt Miller says about Holton Hill:

“The 6’3″, 200-pound junior cornerback has eye-popping tools and traits. Hill’s arm length, toughness as a tackler and 4.5 speed might just remind you of a young Richard Sherman. On the year, Hill has two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns. He continues to impress with five passes defensed despite offenses staying away from his side of the field.”

Holton Hill is the first cornerback off the board in Matt Miller’s 2018 NFL mock draft and certainly sounds like a player the Dallas Cowboys could use. He would add much-needed size to the position and could be the #1 CB they are currently lacking. The only concern I would have is his lack of straight-line speed. But, Miller using Richard Sherman as a comparison lessens the concern just a little.

I’ve personally watched Holton Hill play a few games this season, and I have to say I’ve liked what I’ve seen from him. He is exactly the type of CB Rod Marinelli likes in his system. Hill is equally as good in man-to-man coverage or zone, and prides himself on his physical tackling ability against the run.

Whether or not  the Dallas Cowboys draft another CB early is still up in the air, but I certainly think it’s possible. Orlando Scandrick might be playing his last year in Dallas and Anthony Brown has seemed to regress this season. Jourdan Lewis certainly looks like a keeper as does Xavier Woods, but Chidobe Awuzie’s health issues make him an unknown at this point.

Given all the unknowns and youth at the cornerback position for the Dallas Cowboys, I believe Holton Hill will certainly be in play for them in the first round if available. Unfortunately, we have to wait until April to find out if this is true or not.

Do you like the Holton Hill selection for the Dallas Cowboys?

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